Yu-Gi-Oh! Formats

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is home to a range of formats from officially sanctioned formats to popular fan-made formats. Many formats have their own limited card-pool and often contain their own banlist.

Officially Sanctioned Formats

Advanced Format
The primary way of playing Yu-Gi-Oh!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Advanced Format is the format you all know and love! It's the regular go-to way to play Yu-Gi-Oh! and has an available card pool of every card releaased alongside restrictions in the form of the Forbidden List.

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Traditional Format
The rarely seen alternative format

Created in 2004, the Traditional Format is a counterpart to the Advanced Format. The Traditional Format does not have a Forbidden List, instead having only Limited and Semi-Limited Lists, with all of the Forbidden cards from the Advanced Format being placed in Limited instead. The two formats are otherwise identical.

Speed Duel
A blazing fast way to play Yu-Gi-Oh!

Speed Duel is a new beginner format for Yu-Gi-Oh!. The format contains vastly different rules to ease players into the game.

  • Max of 4000LP
  • 4 cards in the starting hand
  • 20 - 30 cards in the Main Deck
  • 6 cards in the Extra Deck
  • 2 Extra Monster Zones
  • Each player has 3 Main Monster Zones, 3 Spell & Trap Zones, and 1 Field Zone
  • Makes use of Speed Duel specific Skill Cards.
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Common Charity
Cheap as Chips

Common Charity is a format where every card in your deck must have been released at least once as a common.

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Unofficial Formats

Goat Format
The exceptionally popular retro format!

Goat Format is easily the most popular fan-format available. "Goat Format" refers to a Yu-Gi-Oh! format that was officially played during the summer of 2005.

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Edison Format
The follow-on from Goat Format

Edison Format gets its name from the only Shonen Jump Championship (SJC) to take place during this time period, the 75th SJC in Edison, New Jersey which occurred April 24-25, 2010. This event marked the end of an era because it was the final and highest attended SJC with 2,175 participants, from then on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) would replace the SJCs.

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